Bill Bow­man re­ceives life­time achieve­ment award

Com­pass wins big at News­pa­pers At­lantic com­pe­ti­tion

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Long­time Com­pass ed­i­tor Bill Bow­man was one of five peo­ple — and the only one from this prov­ince — pre­sented with life­time achieve­ment awards ear­lier this month dur­ing the News­pa­pers At­lantic 40th an­nual con­fer­ence and awards cer­e­mony in Hal­i­fax.

It was the high­light of an im­pres­sive show­ing for the com­mu­nity news­pa­per that serves the Trin­ity Con­cep­tion re­gion.

In the Bet­ter News­pa­pers Com­pe­ti­tion, Com­pass se­nior ed­i­tor Terry Roberts was the over­all win­ner in the “best lo­cal ed­i­to­rial” cat­e­gory for a sub­mis­sion en­ti­tled “Tell us your se­crets.”

And Com­pass re­porter Ni­cholas Mercer was an over­all win­ner in the “best sports photo” cat­e­gory.

The Com­pass was also a stand­ing fi­nal­ist in the fol­low­ing cat­e­gories:

• Best sports story or fea­ture — in­tern Mika Rekai for a fea­ture head­lined “Mayor de­fends town’s self-pro­claimed ti­tle as sports cap­i­tal;”

• Best page de­sign — Bill Bow- man for a page head­lined “Vi­o­lin­ist plucks ju­nior bowl;”

• Red Lob­ster award — a sports story head­lined “Rock Hard up­ends Butt’s;” and

• Best spe­cialty col­umn — Ed Roberts for his bi-weekly col­umn, “Past Im­per­fect.”

Bow­man’s life­time achieve­ment award rec­og­nizes his im­mense con­tri­bu­tion to The Com­pass over a pe­riod of nearly four decades.

“These in­di­vid­u­als epit­o­mize the ded­i­ca­tion, caring, de­ter­mi­na­tion and self­less sac­ri­fice re­quired of com­mu­nity news­pa­per em­ploy­ees,” Inez Forbes, pres­i­dent of News­pa­pers At­lantic, wrote of the five re­cip­i­ents.

Bow­man be­gan his ca­reer with The Com­pass on Jan. 1, 1973, and has wit­nessed many changes in the in­dus­try over the years, es­pe­cially in terms of tech­nol­ogy.

He con­tin­ues to be a driv­ing force on the pa­per’s ed­i­to­rial team, and has con­trib­uted im­mensely to the pa­per’s suc­cess over the years.

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